Stelis scutella O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Duque and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Little Cup Stelis [refers to the petals]

Flower Size

Found in Colombia on the central cordillera at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped almost completely by 3 fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly oblong-obovate, retrose, narrowing abruptly below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier winter on an erect, secund, 4.4" [11 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising through a small pointed spathe with tubular, apiculate, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carryingslightly nodding, grayish red flowers with the central apparatus clear red and the anther is white and glabrous.

"A miniature sized, with retrorse tipped leaves, a long flowers spike with large pink flowers, mucronate petals, navicular lip, unilobed stigmas and saccular pollina. It does not appear to have any close relatives" O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 359, 367, 370–372, pl. 7, f. 7–9; pl. 13, f. 4 Duque 1997 Photo/drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Sw A Compendium O Duque 2008 drawing fide;